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Conference Agenda


Comply with new CoP standards, achieve compliance, attain success

8:00 – 9:00 a.m.

Registration, continental breakfast

9:00 – 10:30 a.m.

Guarantee governing body, administration success

Robert Markette, attorney, Hall, Render, Killian, Heath & Lyman

The world of home health has been turned upside down with the sweeping changes in the final CoPs. And one of the biggest changes pertains to the increased importance of your agency’s administration and governing body, and its increased involvement in QAPI. Similarly, the CoPs change the qualifications for administrators and add a new category of staff – the clinical manager. Walk through all the changes, and learn how each will affect your agency, and what you need to do to prepare now.

TOOLS  Sample reporting tool and board resolutions report

10:30 – 10:45 a.m.


10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Conquer QAPI challenges, improve outcomes

J’non Griffin, president, Home Health Solutions, LLC

CMS estimates that agencies will have to pay $29 million in the first year to comply with QAPI requirements. Walk through the five main standards in the new QAPI CoPs, including program scope, program data, program activities, performance improvement projects and executive responsibilities. Understand CMS’ requirements for developing a data-driven program that shows results, and learn how to use quality indicators to assess quality, the importance of tracking incidents and adverse events and steps for conducting an annual performance improvement plan.

TOOLS  Crosswalk from current standards to new standards

12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

Networking Lunch

1:00 – 2:15 p.m.

Get your care planning and coordination in line with new CoPs

Arlene Maxim, VP, product development, A.D. Maxim Consulting – “A Quality in Real Time” company

New care planning and care coordination requirements are at the core of the new CoPs. CMS requires clinicians to create individualized plans of care specific for each patient. Agencies also need policies in place to master discharge planning and paperwork which is vital to solid care coordination. Learn tricks for communicating with and gathering information from providers in other settings. Plus, walk through the new home health aide supervision and training requirements so you can change policies and day-to-day operations to prevent sanctions in an upcoming survey.

TOOLS  Sample discharge policy and form

2:15 – 2:30 p.m.

Networking Break

2:30 – 3:30 p.m.

Walk through new infection control policies to ensure compliance

Barbara Citarella, RN, BSN, MS, CHCE, CHS-V, president and CEO of RBC Limited Healthcare and Management Consultants.

Infection control and prevention has a key role in the newly finalized CoPs for home health agencies. The new CoP has three components: Prevention, control and education. It is expected that agencies will develop and maintain a comprehensive and coordinated agency-wide prevention and surveillance program based on scientific standards of practice. This session will focus on standard precautions, components of a sound infection prevention program, hand hygiene, the use of personal protective equipment, infection breaches and surveillance indicators.

TOOLS  Sample hand-washing policy

3:30 – 3:45 p.m.


3:45 – 5:00 p.m

Implement new patient rights provisions without breaking the bank

Elizabeth Zink-Pearson, attorney at law, partner, Pearson & Bernard

CMS estimates that compliance with the patient rights provisions will be the most costly at $147 million and requiring 2 million hours of time. Learn the steps you need to take to assure appropriate communication of patients’ rights, how to engage patients and their caregivers in the care planning process and what steps must be taken on admission and discharge. Get guidance on how to implement the most cost-effective limited English proficiency (LEP) procedures, and how to create and/or update patient rights policies and procedures to comply with the new rule.

TOOLS Sample checklist for capturing signatures

5:00 – 6:30 p.m.

Exhibit Hall Grand Opening/Networking Reception

Who Should Attend?

  • Administrators
  • Owners
  • CEOs / Presidents
  • COOs
  • CIOs / Technology Directors
  • CFOs / Directors of Finance
  • Business Developers
  • Care Managers
  • Directors of Marketing & Sales
  • HR Directors
  • Office Managers
  • Consultants

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